So we are breaking from a four year long consistent pattern of posting individual monthly reports that contain numbers and info about where we went, what we did, how we did it, how much it cost, and how much drama was involved. Bottom line: I have allowed the blog to become too far behind, and in order to get back on track I’m taking a shortcut. Thus I present the first, and hopefully last, quarterly fulltiming report covering January through March of 2019.
The Distance: 3 miles, about on each month. We stayed in Key West at the Naval Air Station Sigsbee Annex the entire three months, and only moved a handful of times between the dry camping and full hook up areas. This brings our 2019 annual total to (checks figures) 3 miles.
The Places: As mentioned above, we spent all three months in Key West. So that’s 90 days at nothing but military campgrounds. Since we were in the Sigsbee full hook up rotation scheme, we ended up dry camping for 57 and in full hook ups for 33 days.
The Budget: Way under budget! Specifically, 15% under in January, $17.8% under in February, and dead on in March. Key West is great for our budget. For some of the Sigsbee crowd, Key West is their splurge: in addition to maintaining a home wherever, they deny themselves little while here in paradise. For us, it is one of the cheapest places we stay ($17 a night drycamping, $27 while in full hook ups, giving us an average of nightly cost of less than $21.) In addition to that we are not moving, thus no gas costs for Serenity. This is a big deal for us: our rig gets 7 mpg and we travel 10,000 miles or more the rest of the year. Finally, we have markets, and quite successful ones at that. And we stayed this far under even after paying 80% of the cost of an upcoming international vacation.
The Drama and the Improvements: Our buddy Stan spent several hours helping me troubleshoot and repair a few issues this season, with the big victory being his repair of our onboard generator, a big ole Onan Marquis 5500 watt machine capable of powering both A/C’s and everything else in our rig. For less than $50 we replaced the fuel filters and then the fuel pump, which solved the problem. He also worked on our highly temperamental automatic stairs, which will probably work for a month or so until they go out again, and reinforced our biggest slide out floor. After Stan determined that our toilet was not reasonably repairable, I ordered an upgraded model and installed it.
We had some drama with Serenity’s starter battery going dead a couple of times, and are not certain what caused it since it is now holding a charge just fine. We must have some sort of very light trickle drain on it somewhere in the system. Lastly, we ripped out our front sleeper sofa: it had become such an eyesore after all the faux leather peeled away, and we figure that pulling it out will motivate us to find a replacement sooner.